The Norman Transcript

May 21, 2013

House panel approves $40M for museum

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A plan to divert $40 million in use taxes over three years to help complete construction of an American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River has cleared a House committee.

A House budget panel on Monday voted 13-10 for the measure, which would divert the tax revenue beginning in fiscal year 2015. Use taxes are those paid on Internet purchases and tangible personal property purchased out of state and brought into Oklahoma. The taxes are expected to generate about $244 million next year.

Museum supporters say they’ve secured $40 million in pledges from private donors and only need one final $40 million appropriation from the Legislature to complete the project.